Taylor Swift is coming to Los Angeles…but not if local hotel workers can help it. They are calling on the popular singer to show solidarity by boycotting her LA concerts.
Hotel Workers Ask Taylor Swift To Support Them By Skipping Los Angeles Concerts
15,000 hotel workers are currently on strike for higher wages in Los Angeles and Orange counties, after a collective bargaining contract expired late last month. On Thursday, hundreds gathered at the Hyatt Regency LAX with a peculiar message: Taylor Swift, stay away.
Swift is scheduled to visit Southern California for a week next month and perform at SoFi Stadium, located right down the road from Los Angeles International Airport. Hotel workers are encouraging her to stay away in support of their cause:
“Taylor, make this your solidarity era.”
The upcoming tour has pushed room rates higher throughout Los Angeles, though particularly around the concert venue (prices are up 14% and 20% over the same period last year). Occupancy is also higher this year than last year and is expected to rise dramatically ahead of the concerts.
Swift’s Eras tour, which began in March, has boosted each local economy where she has performed. STR, a research firm, reports that Swift’s tours have generated $98.2 million in hotel room revenue.
Among the speakers at Thursday’s rally was Alaink Kemple, a personal concierge at Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills. Kemple laments that before the pandemic, the Waldorf had 27 members of the concierge team. Now it has only six. He told the LA Times, “I do the job of five people.… I’m only paid for one. We are tired of the abuse, the overwork and the disrespect.”
At the rally, Kemple grabbed hold of a microphone and offered the following plea to Swift:
“I want to ask a very difficult but very important question to all the Swifties around the world and to Taylor herself. Please honor our struggle.”
Unite Here Local 11 co-President Kurt Petersen was less diplomatic:
“Taylor, the choice is simple. On the one hand, we have the sacrifice, solidarity, and courage of these workers, on the other, the boundless greed of these rapacious corporations.…Which side are you on?”
Swift has not made her intentions clear. Her series of six concerts starts on August 3, 2023.
Hotel workers in Los Angeles have latched onto Taylor Swift’s upcoming visit and asked the singer to take their side by staying out of Los Angeles. Swift, who is performing in the Bay Area this weekend, has not responded to these demands.
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